Under Construction Series

Get an inside look into the creative process of the Armory’s artists-in-residence, who set up studios and offer intimate public previews of works-in-progress, including dance, theater, music, and visual art. The Armory’s period rooms provide a unique backdrop for their workshops, serving as both inspiration and as a collaborator in the development of their work. Check back for updated information about the 2014 series.

2013 PAST Participating Artists

Photo by Kelechi Amadi-Obi


Friday, May 17 at 8:00pm
Veterans Room

Vocalist-Songwriter Somi returns following her Armory residency in 2012 to continue work on The Lagos Music Salon, a multidisciplinary presentation inspired by a 15-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria. The work in progress frames a narrative through the juxtaposition of reflective journal entries, musical vignettes, images, and song.

Photo Chris Cameron

Okwui Okpokwasili

Thursday, May 30 at 8:00pm
Veterans Room

Okpokwasili will continue to develop her new work Bronx Gothic, a performance piece that combines movement, spoken word, and songs framed within an oral storytelling tradition that recalls the West African griot tradition and the epistolary form of the Victorian Gothic novel. This work in progress, created in collaboration with director Peter Born, is designed to reflect an intimacy that is at once inviting and unsettling and that investigates a variety of possibilities and limitations within the framework of the one woman performance.

Photo by Nancy Krakaur

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

Sunday, October 6, 2013
North Hall

Trusty Sidekick will begin development of The 7 ½ Mysteries of Toulouse McLane during their residency, a new work that is part theatrical experience, part installation that casts the audience in the role of the hero of the story and tasks them with solving the mystery as it unravels. The immersive play for young audiences will explore the mysterious past, present and future of the elusive Toulouse, and propels audiences through seven generations of the McLane family lineage over the course of 125 years. The Company’s residency will allow Trusty Sidekick artists to incorporate Armory history and collaborate alongside young people to develop a portion of this full-length work.

Image of Dolan's Finitude Offering

Alex Dolan*

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Open Studio: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Company C

During his residency, visual artist and curator Alex Dolan plans to begin work on a new series of sculptures, allowing the historic space of the Armory to inform the production and life of the work. Dolan was selected for the residency in partnership with 89plus, an ongoing research project conducted by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets, which examines the generation of artists born in or after 1989.

*Admission to Alex Dolan's Open Studio will be free of charge

A New Project by Ralph Lemon and Friends

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Board of Officers Room

An artist long dedicated to collaborations across artistic disciplines and cultures, Ralph Lemon will return to residence at the Armory with a group of collaborators for work on a new work that takes the form of a “performance-lecture-musical.”

2013 Season Sponsors:

Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, The Charles Evans Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.